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20 January | Kaleb Alexander | Inspiration

Operation Freedom Awareness

This 501(c)(3) non-profit was formed to create awareness in the U.S. and help prevent modern-slavery from becoming the number one crime in the world.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, so I want to shed a spotlight on our client OFA Mission, the NEW Greenville-based non-profit organization, because they are trying to educate others and spread awareness on Human Trafficking.

Statistics Here In The UNITED STATES & South Carolina

According to the research group, Polaris Project, an organization dedicated to fight human trafficking, there were 20,652 calls made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center in 2012. Of those, 233 came from South Carolina. The S.C. cities with the highest volume of calls included Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach, which recorded 52 calls in 2012.” – (thestate.com).

More stats:

  • Did you know that human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world? – Second only to drug trafficking!
  • In 2014 alone, slave traders made an estimated $32 Billion! That is more than NIKE, GOOGLE, and STARBUCKS combined!
  • Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. (United Nations)
  • Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted in the United States. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • The average age of entry into prostitution for a child victim in the United States is 13-14 years old. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • The average victim may be forced to have sex up to 20-48 times a day. (Polaris Project)
  • Fewer than 100 beds are available in the United States for underage victims. (Health and Human Services)
  • Department Of Justice has identified the top twenty human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston
• El Paso
• Los Angeles
• Atlanta
• Chicago
• Charlotte
• Miami
• Las Vegas
• New York
• Long Island
• New Orleans
• Washington, D.C.
• Philadelphia
• Phoenix
• Richmond
• San Diego• San Francisco
• St Louis
• Seattle
• Tampa  (Department of Justice)
  • A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and the average pimp has 4 to 6 girls. (U.S. Justice Department, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  • One in three teens on the street will be lured toward prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home. (National Runaway Hotline)

How Did OFA Mission Come To Be?

OFA was founded in June 2014 by Mallory Charette and Amanda Davis. After attending other charity events on the cause, Mallory felt led to take action herself. She connected with Amanda (who attended these events with her and shared the same passion for the cause) to see if she would join her in developing a non-profit. Through their research they found a need in the community, came up with a organization name and thus OFA was born. They made it their goal to help raise awareness/prevention in our community and to serve victims and survivors of human trafficking.

OFA Mission’s Goal

Their goal, as mentioned above, is to raise awareness and educate the community on the topic so we can all do our part in preventing human trafficking by knowing what to look for and how to report tips. Through all this awareness, OFA hopes to earn enough funds to open a rehabilitation shelter for trafficking victims/survivors.

How OFA Mission Plans To Reach This Goal & How You Can Help

OFA spreads awareness by holding events that are fun for all like painting classes with wine, networking events, black tie events and even a 5k coming soon. You can follow their Facebook page to see what events are coming. Money gained from these events goes towards continuing education in our community on human trafficking via more events and towards the future rehabilitation shelter.

Please join us at these events to learn more about human trafficking. You can also go to OFAMISSION.ORG to read more and to see how you can donate time or money.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND HOW TO REPORT TIPS:

http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/index.htm will best tell you what signs to look for.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1.888.373.7888

For questions or to talk to someone about OFA Mission, email us at info@ofamission.org.

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